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“Great Family night out”

The Family Drive-In Theatre
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are a classic 2 screen drive-in theatre, celebrating 60 years of movie memories "Under the Stars". We are the only drive-in theatre still operating in the Northern Va/DC/MD metro area. We offer classic car speakers, a playground for children, special events through out the season. Movies projected in High Definition Digital, stereo 5.1 surround sound if you use a car radio. Full service concession stand, offering hot meals to standard theater snacks. Double Feature movies of current or new movies are our standard offering, but we do triple and dusk to dawn shows as well. We are PET FRIENDLY-- so bring your dog(s) to the movies!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Luray, Virginia, United States
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Family night out”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

My boys LOVE this place! They thought it was so cool that we could sit outside & watch a movie on the back of our truck. We will be going back many times in the future :)

Thank Megan L
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Winchester, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
228 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Don't let this piece of Americana Disappear!”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Although we have not had the pleasure of catching a movie here yet this season, we did take our kids to see the Planet of the Apes film last year before they closed for the season and really enjoyed the whole experience. The snack bar took me right back to my childhood and the sense of community - with all the trucks and vans full of families and young people - was wonderful. The picture quality is not the best early in the evening when it isn't completely dark yet, and the sound is not what you might be used to from indoor theaters, but go for the greater experience and you will have fun! As the name suggests, it is a family atmosphere. I have read about the possibility that they may have to close in the future if they cannot afford the equipment needed to make the switch to new film format, but I hope that this does not shut them down, as that would be a shame.

Visited October 2011
Thank Lynda B
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Charles Town, West Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

What fun! You can't get this experience in many places anymore. I last went to the drive-in 25 years ago. My wife and I finally took our 5 year old to The Family Drive-In and had a blast. Didn't realize at the time that the entrance price included a double-feature. The admission price was very reasonable - especially for 2 movies. Get there early though; it seems to fill up fairly quickly. I cannot comment about the concessions as we had dinner right before the movie and did not buy anything. They play two movies at opposite ends at the same time. Overall, it is just a great "old-time" experience and is very much worth the trip.

Visited June 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Old-timey Fun”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

The Family drive-In is great fun! The show pretty current movies on a regular basis (movies usually change weekly). For half the price of your neighborhood multiplex you get 2! first run movies. Bring a blanket to stay warm.

Visited August 2012
Thank Lucid008
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“old fashion fun”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

concession food not good but we enjoyed ourself. the movie was a current one and we could see the screen very well. we didnt stay for second feature because of rain but we would go back again

Visited July 2012
Thank Debbie H
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